Remember Soul Food? Yeah, I fell off the wagon a bit with that one. Various reasons, none of them important now. I tidied up in the studio last week because I wanted to get some stuff done and one of those things was to use the journal that I made right at the beginning of Soul Food. I realised that I had not shown you the making of the journal and so here we are:
It was a Gracie Howes class and I have to say I love all her work, so I was excited to get started. First we prepped a large sheet of heavyweight watercolour paper.
Then there were layers of paint over the top of all that and finally I cut it in a particular way that would make pockets and flaps later on. I won't give you all the details because this was a paid for class and that would not be fair. Then I cut the pages. In order to use a sheet of paper I already had for the cover I had to make the pages a slightly different size to usual. They are almost as tall as a sheet of A4, but not as wide. I alternated in each signature with a sheet of watercolour paper, a sheet of artist paper then another sheet of watercolour paper. I made 5 signatures and bound them with a long stitch but through a central grommet, which you may have seen on a previous post about soul food.
You can see the finished cover at the top of this post.
Inside the front cover there is a flap and if you swing that out, you get this, with a similar pocket on the inside of the back cover:
As I said I'm going to finally be using it over the summer (or what is left of it anyway). What would you use it for if you had a journal like this?
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